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Master of Arts (Journalism)

Graduation requirements

To graduate with the Graduate Certificate in Journalism, students complete the first four 8 point subjects (total of 32 points). Students enrolled in the Master degree may exit with the award Graduate Diploma in Journalism after successful completion of an additional two 16 point subjects (total of 64 points).

To graduate with the Master degree, students must satisfactorily complete 96 points.

All students undertaking the Master degree must complete:

  • three foundation theory subjects designed to provide the necessary background and context for news and public affairs reporting
  • one specialist subject detailing aspects of media law and ethics as they affect professional journalism practice
  • two specialist subjects in journalism designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in journalism and public affairs reporting in both public and commercial media
  • a theory and research subject examining problems and issues confronting journalism practice
  • a journalism project, comprising a major series of news stories and features either for print or broadcast media and examining a significant social, cultural or political trend in Australia or overseas.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Journalism program is designed for graduates of any discipline who wish to gain a professional qualification in journalism, and aims to prepare students for entry-level positions in journalism

These courses are designed for graduates of any discipline who wish to gain a professional qualification in journalism, and aims to prepare students for entry-level positions in journalism. No prior journalism or media experience is required.

Credit and articulation

The Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma (exit point only) articulate with the Master degree and credit is awarded in the Master degree for the subjects completed in the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma. Credit is not given for the Graduate Certificate in Print Journalism.

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate consists of 32 credit points chosen from:

  • five subjects designed to provide the necessary background and context for news and public affairs reporting in the contemporary communication landscape

The exit point only Graduate Diploma consists of 64 credit points comprising:

  • the five subjects offered at Graduate Certificate level, plus
  • one specialist reporting subject that prepares students for journalistic roles in a range of media.

The Master degree (by project) consists of 96 credit points from:

  • the five subjects offered at Graduate Certificate level, plus
  • two specialist reporting subjects that prepares students for journalistic roles in a range of media, and
  • a journalism project subject comprising analysis and production of news stories and features either for print, broadcast or online media examining a significant social, cultural, ethical, historical or political trend in Australia or overseas.
The Master degree (by dissertation) consists of 96 credit points from:
  • the five subjects offered at Graduate Certificate level, plus
  • one specialist reporting subject that prepares students for journalistic roles in a range of media, and
  • a dissertation subject that provides a theoretical framework forthe exploration of a significant social, cultural, ethical, historical or political trend in ajournalistic context.
Enrolment in the dissertation option is by approval of the Course Coordinator.

Enrolment pattern

Students may enter at the Graduate Certificate or Master level.

Graduate Certificate students may enter in Session 1, 2 or 3.

MA students may only enter in Session 1 or 2.

Graduate Certificate - Session 1 intake

Session 1

JRN524 Journalism Cultures
JRN520 Research and Reporting for Journalism

Session 2

JRN523 Newswriting
JRN504 Journalism, Law and Ethics

MA students may elect to exit at this point and graduate with the award Graduate Certificate of Journalism GradCertJourn.

Graduate Certificate - Session 2 intake

Session 1

JRN523 Newswriting
JRN504 Journalism, Law and Ethics

Session 2

COM531 Issues, Risk & Crisis Communication (16)

MA students may elect to exit at this point and graduate with the award Graduate Certificate of Journalism GradCertJourn.

Graduate Certificate - Session 3 intake

Session 1

COM531 Issues, Risk & Crisis Communication (16)

Session 2

JRN524 Journalism Cultures
JRN520 Research and Reporting for Journalism

Master degree - by project - Session 1 intake

Sessions 1-2 as above for the Graduate Certificate - Session 1 intake

Session 3

COM531 Issues, Risk & Crisis Communication (16)

Session 4

JRN521 News Reporting (16)

Students may elect to exit at this point and graduate with the award Graduate Diploma of Journalism GradDipJourn

Session 5

JRN522 Specialist Reporting (16 points)

Session 6

JRN519 Journalism Project (16)

Master degree - by project - Session 2 intake

Sessions 1-2 as above for the Graduate Certificate - Session 2 intake

Session 3

JRN524 Journalism Cultures
JRN520 Research and Reporting for Journalism

Session 4

JRN522 Specialist Reporting (16)

Students may elect to exit at this point and graduate with the award Graduate Diploma of Journalism GradDipJourn

Session 5

JRN519 Journalism Project (16)

Session 6

JRN521 News Reporting (16)

Master degree - by dissertation - Session 1 intake

Sessions 1-2 as above for the Graduate Certificate - Session 1 intake

Session 3

COM531 Issues, Risk & Crisis Communication (16)

Session 4

JRN521 News Reporting (16)

Students may elect to exit at this point and graduate with the award Graduate Diploma of Journalism GradDipJourn

Session 5

JRN525 Journalism Dissertation (32) - commenced

Session 6

JRN525 Journalism Dissertation (32) - completed

Master degree - by dissertation - Session 2 intake

Sessions 1-2 as above for the Graduate Certificate - Session 2 intake

Session 3

JRN524 Journalism Cultures
JRN520 Research and Reporting for Journalism

Session 4

JRN525 Journalism Dissertation (32) - commenced

Session 5

JRN525 Journalism Dissertation (32) - completed

Session 6

JRN521 News Reporting (16)

Articulation

The Graduate Certificate and the exit point only Graduate Diploma articulate with the Master degree. Credit is awarded in the Master degree for subjects completed in the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma.

At a glance

Study Mode

Distance education

Where

Bathurst

When

Session 1; Session 2; Session 3

Level

Postgraduate

Duration

Master: 3 years
Graduate Certificate: 1 year

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

N/A

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